Those Fancy Fig Leaves

The “Smarter Than You” Spirit
I’m one of those fortunate/unfortunate people who had the privilege/horror of attending graduate school as a brand-new, spirit-filled (in the traditional sense that I experienced an encounter with the Holy Spirit subsequent to my born-again experience and emerged speaking in tongues) Christian.

Shortly thereafter I was accepted into a graduate-level program at a university. Little did I know that the campus was saturated in the “Smarter Than You” spirit. Or perhaps you know it as the dog-eat-dog spirit which can manifest in environments other than academia, but academia was the place I first recognized it.

Because I was very vocal about my beautiful God and completely lacking in wisdom, my classmates and some of my instructors made me a target to mock.

But the very thing they mocked turned into my shield because I didn’t care one bit if someone was smarter than me. I just wanted everyone—and I mean everyone—to know about my wonderful Jesus.

From this seat in heavenly places I was able to observe how desperately, and often viciously, the campus population competed for the prize of being the smartest. Now, the competition I watched was mostly confined to faculty and graduate students. The staff were viewed as peasants and, thus beneath notice, while the administrators were powerful but considered unimportant.

What did I learn? That the ones so desperately competing were deeply insecure about their value; that they were terrified of appearing stupid; that they were willing to do “whatever it takes” to hide their vulnerability even if it meant partnering with a predator spirit that devoured anyone deemed weak.

Did you know that we inherit fallen behaviors from our ancient parents Adam and Eve? This means that blame shifting comes easily to us. Another automatic fallen behavior is hiding our true selves because we believe that we are shamefully naked and unacceptable.

What that boils down to is this: All the competing and showing off, all the despising another person and thinking ourselves better, smarter, richer and prettier equals fig leaves. My fellow grad students and the faculty were competing over who wore the fanciest fig leaves. Pretty dumb, huh?

Disclaimer: Not everyone competed. Some fought against it and were very kind. But I think everyone was affected by it. Those who were basically secure often felt despised by their peers. Others felt compelled to prove their worth.

Here are some clues that you are discerning the presence of that dog-eat-dog “Smarter Than You” predator spirit.

Do you feel compelled to prove to others that you are smart? Really, really smart?
Do you feel compelled to make others feel stupid?
Do you feel stupid and insecure around certain people, but otherwise feel ok?
Do you feel haunted by feelings of insecurity in certain environments?
Have you fallen into the habit of measuring your worth against the accomplishments of others?

I don’t have a solution for this problem other than this. Bring it before the Lord.

If you are keeping yourself safe by being smart and smarter than everyone else, for goodness sake repent! And ask the Lord to heal your broken heart and to heal the people that you have hurt.

If you are simply discerning this kind of spirit and not in agreement with it, you will feel bad about yourself as if you just don’t measure up. Of course, you may have unresolved hurts in your heart, but those hurts are amplified by this kind of spirit. The problem is a predator spirit—not you.

Ask the Lord how to pray. Ask him to reveal any unresolved hurts that need his touch. And ask for the courage and wisdom to be who you really are without getting caught up in the competition over whose fig leaves are the most dazzling.

These are the only words Jesus used to described his nature (that I have found).
Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:29

Be gentle and humble in heart. Hugs!

Susan
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Spells, Curses and Bitter Words

I have been struggling with chronic headaches and achy sinuses (that hadn’t become bad enough to seek medical help but wouldn’t go away) for a while now. Yes. I have tried the home remedies. No. They haven’t helped. I have felt tired but restless. Guilty about not being productive, but too heavy and fuzzy to be productive.

“So what,” I asked the Lord, “is going on?”
His answer came when I was sleeping: Witchcraft.

A lot has been taught on the subject of witchcraft, some of which has dumbed it down in my opinion. I don’t think Christians praying controlling prayers is witchcraft in its true sense. I think that is the behavior of unbelieving believers, often well-meaning, who struggle with doubt and fear.

I’m talking about intentional witchcraft that involves casting spells and curses with the intent to do harm. Witches, warlocks, Satanists and Luciferians (and only God knows what other groups) actively view Christians as their enemies. As a prayer minister, I have had two Satanic cult members sent to me at different times in the guise of needy people seeking prayer ministry. When the Lord uncovered their true motive, they abruptly stopped their sessions. Which was very sad since both of them appeared to have been groomed from childhood to be tools in the hands of people truly given over to evil.

My point is this: They were sent to destroy my ministry if possible.

Spells, curses and even bitter words are being sent against God’s people—especially the intercessors, ministers and those deeply committed to the Lord—to discourage them, to make it too hard to pray, too hard to continue the good fight of faith.

Evil spirits have no authority, having been stripped by Jesus (Colossians 2:5). So one way they attack is by attaching to the words humans speak, claiming that because a human wants to hurt you that commissions them to carry out the human’s wishes.

But the truth is this: That another human wants to harm you does NOT give demons a legal right to attack you. (I question any legal right claimed by the devil since he is a criminal himself.) We, as the children of God, are not subject to demons or to people who partner with demons. Look at Luke 10:17-19.

The seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.” And He said to them, “I was watching Satan fall from heaven like lightning. Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will injure you. Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are recorded in heaven.”

Demons are subject to us. Even if a human being orders an evil spirit to harm you, you are not subject to that. Now, there is nothing we can do about a person choosing to use their free will to hate, criticize, judge and curse. But we can stop the demons from piggy backing on it. Persons who hate without demons attached are annoying but generally harmless.

Now there are levels of cursing, ranging from the bitter words of grumbling, disgruntle people to systemic and ritualized cursing and spell casting. Both are handled the same way.

(You might want to print this out for future reference. Also, please share it with your friends).

First: Tell any and all demons partnering with any human words spoken against you, your family, your prayers, your ministry or anything that your life touches that they are not allowed to attack. In other words, tell them no.
Like this: “Demons. You will not use the words of humans to hurt me or anything my life touches. In the name of Jesus, I forbid it.”

Second: Once you have forbidden the attacks, sever the partnership between human and demonic.
Like this: “I forbid any demon from partnering with any human to harm me or anything my life touches.”

Third: Commission your angels to go forth and destroy all such partnerships.
Like this: “Angels. I commission you to destroy all human and demonic partnerships that have formed in order to harm me or anything my life touches. I send you forth in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Fourth: Break assignments.
Like this: “I break all demonic assignments against me and anything my life touches in the name of Jesus. I reassign all demons to the feet of Jesus. Angels, take them there now.”

Fifth: Send the curses to the cross.
Like this: “I send all curses to the cross of Christ to be destroyed.”

Last: Clean up.
Like this: “Lord, please cleanse me and mine from all demonic defilement and remove any demonic devices that have been placed on us. I ask in the mighty name of Lord Jesus.”

I think that covers it. Demons do just as much as we allow. And sadly, we allow too much.

Oh! My headaches are gone. My sinuses are better. And you can see that I am able to be productive again.

Many blessings to you! And I exhort you to be joyful! The devil hates joy 🙂

Susan
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It is NOT too late. Honest.

Here is a shift in perspective for you. A shift that powers down a particular attack of the evil one. First, how many of you have had distressing thoughts about time running out? How many of you have agonized over the thought that you are too old and its too late in life for you to be useful in the kingdom of God? How many of you are sad because you desperately wish that the truth you understand now is something you had understood back then (when you were younger)?You can put your hands down.

Here is what the enemy is up to. He is pressing your buttons in order to get a painful emotional response from you: disappointment, regret, anger, self-hatred, shame and so on. Why does he bother pushing your buttons? He wants to suck down the life energy that flows from your heart when you are miserable (Proverbs 4:23).This “energy”—for lack of a less New Agey word—has been measured by scientists who call themselves neurocardiologists. Neurocardiologists call this negative energy emitted by the heart when a person feels upset a discordant heart sine. Let me suggest that this energy is what the adversary is seeking to devour. Consider that he is cut off from the life of God and stripped of all power. From where does he get life and power?

Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8

These same neurocardiologists call the harmonious heart beat that results when a person is at peace or grateful or in awe of something amazing and beautiful a coherent heart sine.

I have set the Lord continually before me … Therefore my heart is glad and my glory rejoices. Psalm 16:8-9

Let me suggest that the evil one is NOT able to prey upon the positive energy produced by a heart at peace. What does this have to do with the painful belief that the time you have left on earth is too little and too late? Let me answer that question.

Such thoughts about the meaning and purpose of your life being over are not God’s thoughts. They are a ruse by the devil to produce in you the distressing emotions that result in negative energy.

This prophecy came forth in Little Church a few meetings back. The one prophesying saw an old car on the side of the road and buried in weeds. From the look of things, this car was never going to be useful again, but then the motor roared to life (after a few cranks of the key) and a tow truck with a huge hook arrived and pulled that old car back onto the road. Here is the gist of the words prophesized:

You thought it was over. That you have been sidelined because you are old and useless, but that is not true. This car may be an Old-s-mobile, that was abandoned on the side of the road, but now it is a priceless antique, a showpiece, restored and ready to go.Don’t be fooled by that roaring lion. God knew from the beginning the course of your life. If you have a day left on this earth, rejoice and follow the Lord. If you have 60 years left, rejoice and follow the Lord. Don’t let time sit on the throne of your life.

Let’s pray: 
Father, God, Creator of heaven and earth and time. Forgive me for listening to the lies of the devil. He tricked me into focusing on time instead of You. Whatever time on earth I have left Lord, doesn’t matter. Help me follow You. In the beautiful and majestic name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I pray.

(To learn more about Neurocardiology and the research that supports their findings, go to https://www.heartmath.org/research/science-of-the-heart/details/).

Hugs and blessings, 
Susan
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Pray for USA’s Intercessors!

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My dear intercessors, in the event you haven’t noticed, you are being intentionally targeted and attacked. The purpose of this deliberate assault is to shut you down, so that you will stop praying for our president and our nation. This attack goes beyond the usual annoyances of the evil one. If it were just his usual stuff, you would recognize the working of the evil one and brush it off. This is more subtle. It is coming in on three fronts.

1. Exhaustion that is really oppression.
2. Discouragement through a flood of bad news.
3. Self-examination that is really a distraction.

Are you feeling extremely heavy and no amount of rest resolves it? That’s not exhaustion, that’s oppression.

Is the reported behavior of our president troubling you more than before? Does it feel like the evil one is gaining ground? Do not allow the shredding of the president’s prayer cover. Cover him back up.

Are you experiencing a cascade of painful memories and regrets? Even those you have resolved? Does it feel like a painful introspection is being forced on you?

I am not, in any way, suggesting that you avoid inner healing. For goodness sake, inner healing is my specialty. But this current deluge of painful memories and regrets, this introspection the enemy is directing at God’s intercessors, is not inner healing. It is a distraction.

This is not the time to engage in senseless painful self-examination or allow the enemy to flood you with the shame of your past. As Isaiah 54:4 states:

Fear not, for you will not be put to shame;
And do not feel humiliated, for you will not be disgraced;
But you will forget the shame of your youth,
And the reproach of your widowhood you will remember no more.

Please intercessors, do not give up. Please do not stop praying for our country. Do not stop asking the Lord to shatter the strongholds that have taken the nation captive. Press in and preserve. We need you!

Isaiah 59:19 says that “When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.”

You, dear intercessors, are God’s standard, representing in the earth His Son the Ultimate Standard! Please do not allow the enemy to trick you into believing that you are too weary or unqualified for this work.

Don’t believe the lie that the work you do in prayer isn’t feared by the enemy. If your prayers are not mighty through God for the pulling down of strongholds, why would the enemy waste energy targeting you?

This is a call to all believers to share this information and to pray. Pray for our intercessors. Pray without ceasing. Here is a sample prayer.

Father God, Creator of all, strengthen those who have dedicated themselves to praying for our nation and for our president. To all those you have called to this great work give the protection of Your greatness. Refresh them in Your peace and joy. Reassure them that their prayers are vital because the battle is first of all spiritual. Pour out blessings upon them in this life and the life to come.

We command the evil ones to stop this attack against our intercessors. There will be no more devouring. It is forbidden. Holy angels, we send you to destroy this evil scheme. In the mighty name of Jesus, we pray.

Please continue to cover the intercessors as they cover our nation. If you are not American, feel free to apply to your country as needed.

Blessings upon you and those you love,
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My Greatness Is Your Shield

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Have you been feeling overwhelmed by the seemingly unending corruption in the world? Just when we swallow one more horrid story of another depravity, here comes along something even worse. And if you don’t accept one more twisted abomination, candy-coated in false compassion; if you stand up for God, then you find yourself condemned and attacked. It is Isaiah 5:20 come to life.

Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!

Here is what is happening in the spirit realm. The devil has a kingdom called darkness and captivity. Ephesians 2:2 names him the prince of the power of the air. Communication (sound) travels via air waves. He is manipulating communication so that his message of rage and despair is always in our ears. I call this the Corruption Channel and, more than any others, the devil wants Christian ears tuned in.

What grows in the believer when he tunes into the Corruption Channel? Fear and unbelief grow. We forget how mighty God is and, through our fear, enthrone the wicked ways of the evil one. We talk among ourselves, amplifying the horrors being normalized in the world. We post them on social media and read the posts of others.

I am NOT saying that we should be unaware of the condition of the world. I am NOT saying don’t vote or run for office. I am saying STOP bowing down in fear and unbelief to the shenanigans of the devil.

Last night I woke up with my spirit tuned to the Corruption Channel. It was calling me to be afraid. It was declaring that the devil is greater than My God. Has that been happening to you? Your joy and peace compromised by an unending flood of bad news. Even in the night when you should be, and need to be, resting in the arms of your Lord?

I asked God what to do. How do I resist this particular scheme of the devil? He responded with this: My greatness is your shield.

Have you noticed that much of the worship music coming out of where ever it comes from is focused on the individual’s relationship with the Lord? Not trying to be critical here, but singing about God’s love for me isn’t much of a weapon against the current attack being launched against the body of Christ. He is a good, good Father; He will guide us through the oceans of life. That’s all good, but He is also the Mighty One, our dread champion! We need to be singing Psalm 91 back at the Corruption Channel.

You will not be afraid of the terror by night,
Or of the arrow that flies by day;
Of the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
Or of the destruction that lays waste at noon.
A thousand may fall at your side
And ten thousand at your right hand,
But it shall not approach you.
You will only look on with your eyes
And see the recompense of the wicked.
Psalm 91:5-8

I remember as a young believer singing scripture songs that elevated the greatness of God. We need to be exhorting each other about the greatness, the awesomeness of our God and STOP amplifying the kingdom of darkness. Laugh instead! That is what God does. Oh! He is great and greatly to be praised!

Why are the nations in an uproar
And the peoples devising a vain thing?
The kings of the earth take their stand
And the rulers take counsel together
Against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying,
“Let us tear their fetters apart
And cast away their cords from us!”
He who sits in the heavens laughs … Psalm 2:1-4

Two prayers follow. One is for the body of Christ; the other for the nations.

Prayer for yourself: Creator God, Father, in Jesus’ name we approach You, repenting of falling for the devil’s lies. Forgive us for entertaining unbelief and fear as we gazed upon the kingdom of darkness and its evil deeds.

Establish us firmly in the Kingdom of Light. Fill our mouths with the sound of Your greatness. Cause Your glory to pour forth from us as we go about our days, telling others the good news: They are forgiven. They are loved. They can come home to You because Your Son Jesus has defeated the evil one.

Prayer for the Nations: Mighty God, Everlasting Father, I ask you to shatter the strongholds that have taken our governments captive; our media captive; our entertainment captive. Release those who have been enslaved by these strongholds. Release those taken captive by the stronghold of abortion; homosexuality and pedophilia. Destroy the evil spirits that live within those strongholds. Restore to the captives their rational minds and free will. In the name of our Lord Jesus I ask. Amen.

Blessings upon you and those you love,
Susan
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The Scheme of the Evil One

No! Don’t Shoot Yourself in the Foot!

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Ok, people. I have been noticing something going on in the churches that is targeting the minds of the leadership. Exactly what I have been seeing became clear this morning after an intense time of spontaneous worship. I’m going to put this out to you very straightforwardly. My hope is that you will share it and, together, we will beseech the Lord to shatter a stronghold that is emerging.

God’s next move will be among the young people. That is not news. I mean what other large group is there that needs rescuing from the kingdom of darkness? The enemy is anticipating this. And he already has implemented a plan to short circuit this upcoming revival.

Let me explain the problem, then I will expose the enemy’s plan. Today’s young people suffer the most from poor parenting within a culture that caters to their carnality. Their parents, teachers and other role models are themselves deeply wounded and immature. When God sweeps these young people into His kingdom they are going to turn to the older believers for parenting.

The church is packed with mature believers who have worked hard to develop good character. They are equipped in many ways to help ground new believers in the great traditions, history and disciplines of the faith. Most of the young people caught in God’s net will have never been churched or exposed to scripture. They will be profoundly dependent upon mature believers until they become solid in Christ.

My children, with whom I am again in labor until Christ is formed in you … Galatians 4:19

Maturing these new believers will be quite a challenge. It is the elders among us who will shepherd this flock. Not the leadership or specially gifted or the fancy ones. But the many men and women in the ranks who are steadfast and who are capable of being the parents, teachers and role models that our young desperately need.

Here is the enemy’s plan. He cannot stop God from rescuing the young people, but he can stop them from becoming mature Christians. He is already setting his plan in motion. Here it is:

1.Leaders in the church are aware of God’s desire to win the young people. They long to partner with God. That’s good.

2.The enemy is twisting that good desire by creating tunnel vision among our leaders. In other words, ALL focus is being shifted to winning young adults.

3.But the enemy has deceived many in leadership about HOW to win young adults. So, methods of winning them borders on pandering to what they like. We will play their music. We will give attention to their gifts. We will give them a platform. We will dress like them and talk like them.

There are two problems with this: First, this current crop of young people has been pandered to all their lives. They are looking for real, safe grownups who will call them to maturity, not more pandering. Second, God will bring them into His kingdom in His time and in His way. We don’t have to make it happen.

4.This pandering is being done at the expense of the many grounded believers in the ranks. Their gifts and wisdom are being ignored. They are being marginalized in the name of winning the young.

5.This means that when God sweeps a bunch of youngsters into the church there will be very few parents, teachers and role models there for them. Those with a good understanding of the faith; those with strong character, and those well-formed in Christ will be gone. They will have left seeking a place where they are treasured.

6.There will be too many new believers for the leadership to shepherd. So, once again, our young will be left to parent themselves. We all know how well that works out. As an aside, the leadership will be bereft of prayer support as well.

That is the enemy’s plan. He is forming a way of thinking among our leaders that seems good, but is not God. This way of thinking, if left unchecked, will develop into a mental stronghold that will completely control the perspective of church leaders.

This is how we pray against it:

Father God, in the name of Jesus, I ask You to shatter the mental stronghold that is trying to, or has taken, our leadership captive. I ask You to destroy the evil spirits that live within that stronghold. I ask that You completely destroy this evil plan against the maturing of new believers.

Deliver those leaders who have been attacked by the evil one. Restore their rationality and free will. Adjust their perspective according to Your will.

Strengthen those of Your people who fill the ranks of Your church. Prepare them to parent, teach and guide the children shortly to be born into Your kingdom.

Angels! Go to war on our behalf!

Amen.

Pray this prayer often! God is much, much, much greater than the schemes of the devil.

We are not ignorant of his (Satan’s) schemes. 2 Corinthians 2:11

Blessings upon you and those you love,
Susan
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Are You OK?

It’s an Alabama winter day. The temperature has risen dangerously high, and everyone has battened down the hatches in anticipation of the severe weather that often results when cold fronts crash into warm fronts. I am tucked inside, thinking about you, those that read my writings, and wondering if you are ok.

This season is a tough one for many of us. It’s the time of year when the enemy brings up what is missing in our lives. I know that he keeps that “one thing we most want and seem to never get” in our faces all the time, but he pushes extra hard during the holidays. It’s one of his most effective discouragement tools. How do I know this? Because I haven’t gotten what I want the most in the whole world. I want my son free from mental retardation. Such a thing is not too hard for God.

The enemy knows what I want, and he knows that I have been waiting and believing for a long time. I don’t think that I am special in this. I think most of us long for an answer to that one prayer that is the most important of all. And I think we are all subject to despair when the enemy taunts us with reminders of how long we have waited for that answer.

Now, I can’t get your prayers answered. But, I can help with putting the devil back in his place. And that helps with the despair.

First, realize this. The enemy comes in on what we believe. If we believe that we have to have something in order to be ok, then guess what? All the enemy has to do to make us miserable is remind us, and keep reminding us, that we don’t have that one thing. Instant misery.

When we believe that we MUST have something – whatever that something may be – in order to be ok, hasn’t that one thing become our god?

Paul said this in Philippians 4:11. “For I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am in.”

Paul suffered. He was rejected by his people, beaten until he was crippled; he was imprisoned, betrayed and abandoned by his friends. And, in the midst of all of that suffering, he somehow learned to be content. He went on to say that the secret lay in being strengthened by Jesus.

Well then. God is no respecter of persons. If He strengthened Paul, He will strengthen us, too. If, in that strengthening, Paul learned to be content, so can we.

I pray for us all right now. Lord, strengthen us so that we can learn to be content!

Here is how I responded to the enemy’s taunts this time around: Lord, You have given me everything I need pertaining to life and godliness, so into Your hands, Father, I commit my spirit. (2 Peter 1:3; Luke 23:46).

No. The devil didn’t go away immediately. There was a struggle with my emotions. But, this time around, when the enemy’s cold front crashed into my warm front, I did not allow him to whip up his usual tornado of weeping and begging until I ended up, soggy and beaten, in the pit of despair. Because Jay’s healing is not my god. Not anymore. I don’t have to have that one thing to be ok. I have everything I need in my beautiful Lord.

Are you ok?

Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. 2 Peter 1:2

Blessings upon your new year,
Susan
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